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Actor Joaquin Phoenix stops by vigil outside Burlington slaughterhouse

Actor Joaquin Phoenix arrives ahead of the screening of "The Sisters Brothers" during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, on Saturday, September 8, 2018. A standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, a drama featuring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, and a concert-style film from Bruce Springsteen are among the projects bound for this year's Toronto International Film Festival. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix stopped by a regular vigil outside a slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ont., on Friday.

Toronto Pig Save, which holds the vigils each week, says the Academy Award-winner paid tribute to Regan Russell, who died at one of the events earlier in the year.

Russell, 65, a longtime animal rights activist, was giving water to pigs that were en route to the Fearman’s Pork slaughterhouse when she was struck and killed.

Halton police charged the truck driver with careless driving causing death, a provincial traffic offence that could result in anything from a monetary penalty to two years in jail.

The activists have called on police to upgrade that to a criminal charge, but police say there’s no evidence to suggest the 28-year-old driver struck Russell with criminal intent.

Phoenix used his Oscars acceptance speech this year to promote veganism.

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